A Summary of My Pregnancy and TTC Articles
Pregnancy and TTC Information
I have had a lot of comments on one of my articles in particular asking for further information about various things regarding pregnancy and trying to get pregnant. So I thought it would be a good idea to have an article that summarised all of the other information that I have produced here so that you can easily see what else you might want to take a look at.
My information comes from a lot of personal research and experiences over the past few years and I wanted to share what I have learned with other people who are in the same situation. TTC can be very stressful especially when it does not happen immediately after you start trying to get pregnant. It is also pretty stressful if you are at a later stage in your life and time is short.
Tips on Trying to Conceive
So here are some of my articles about trying to conceive - the first one is about trying to get pregnant and what supplements and other things can help you in the quest to get pregnant. When you first start trying you may not worry about these things but after a few months you may want to try some vitamins etc that may help you.
Things To Help You Get Pregnant
In order to get pregnant you need to know when you will ovulate and make sure that you have sex around that time. It is not always as simple as working it out to be the 14th day of your cycle - or even the middle of your cycle, but it can be worked out with a bit of monitoring - to do this check out my article on:
When Will I Ovulate?
If you have just started to try and get pregnant then you may want to know if you are actually ovulating because it is not necessarily the case that you are. There are some ways that you can check however, see my article on:
How Do I Know If I Ovulated?
If you have been trying to get pregnant for a while and you have yet to go for tests with your doctor, then you may want to think about getting a home fertility test for checking either FSH levels for women (these levels measure whether you are approaching menopause essentially) and a semen analysis for men. These tests can be done at the doctors of course but you may have to wait a while or else you may just want to get an indication yourself of if you need any extra help:
Home Fertility Tests
There are some things that you can do to help to get pregnant - not only for women but also for men. This article lists some things that are worth thinking about if you want to get the best quality sperm. There are supplements you can take to improve sperm quality as well as other things to help:
How To Improve Sperm Quality
So, if you have got as far as timing the sex right to when you are ovulating and you are now in with a chance of being pregnant that month then you will likely start obsessing about whether it has worked or not. There is no doubt the two weeks of waiting in the second half of your cycle are stressful and if you obsess about symptoms then you may want to read this:
Obsessing in the Two Week Wait
So how soon can you test to see if you are pregnant or not? Most of the tests these days are highly sensitive (although you need to check your particular brand) so check out this article to see when you can start testing with the expectation of getting a true result:
When Can I Test?
If you plan in advance you can get hold of some much cheaper pregnancy tests that you can if you just go to the pharmacy/chemist on the day you want to test. In fact some tests are very cheap indeed. Check out this article:
Buying Pregnancy Tests
Getting Pregnant Over 40
Trying to get pregnant when you are over 40 can come with some additional challenges - the likelihood of miscarriages is a lot higher and you may wonder about your chances of getting pregnant at all. Well it is possible so check out some of these articles:
One of the main stumbling blocks to getting pregnant and keeping a pregnancy at the age of over 40 is the quality of a woman's eggs which diminishes as we get older. A lot of IVF clinics recommend using donor eggs after the age of about 42 because they have a much better success rate. However, that is not something that everyone wants to do so improving the quality of your eggs may be something worth looking at:
Improving the Quality of Your Eggs
Unfortunately miscarriages happen probably much more often than we are led to believe. Particularly as we get older the likelihood of a miscarriage gets higher. Personally I suffered from a Blighted Ovum miscarriage at the age of 44.
After a miscarriage you body may take a while to get back to normal. It may even take a few months to get a normal period again, particularly if you have had to have a D&C or some other kind of medical intervention. You may experience anovulatory cycles after a miscarriage but things will settle down after a while.
Ovulation After a Miscarriage
Dealing with a Chemical Pregnancy
Trying to get Pregnant
Trying to conceive can be an extremely stressful experience if it does not happen straight away. You should give yourself time to conceive - at the minimum 6 months for even a young and healthy person - before thinking about any other intervention. There are a lot of things that have to come together for a pregnancy to happen and it is not always as simple as having sex when you ovulate.
If you have not got pregnant after a year of trying then it is worth going to get checked out by your doctor - but even then there may be nothing wrong and it may just take you a little bit longer. If you can, try not to totally stress about it and let it rule your life as this can really damage relationships not only between the 2 of you but also other people.